The list of 2015’s 100 Most Valuable Stars list has been released, and it’s no surprise who’s at the tops of the list. Last year, Jennifer Lawrence made her way to the top of the list, and this year, that ranking hasn’t changed.
The criteria used to determine who makes the cut as the “most valuable” stars is generated through a formula created by Vulture’s guest statistician, Harry Enten. It considers things such as social media buzz, critical respect, likability scores, studio value, Oscars, and box office yields, both foreign and domestic.
Regarding Lawrence’s position in the top spot, Vulture reported as follows.
“In addition to being adored by fans and critics alike, she continues to savvily mix big-money tentpole fare such as ‘The Hunger Games’ with the sorts of smart prestige choices that have already garnered her one Academy Awards win and three nominations. That approach is why her reign may well continue in 2016.”
This statement was very timely, as Lawrence will continue to receive likability points after the release of the Mockingjay Part II in just a few days.
Even though J-Law’s ranking has stayed the same, there have been several other changes made to the list of most valuable stars. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt enjoyed top spots last year, but this year, they didn’t even make it into the top ten. Jolie slipped from sixth to 17th, and Pitt dropped from ninth place to 16th. This is no doubt in wake of Angelina’s struggles with her health.
However, Chris Pratt, the Jurassic World star, has made some impressive moves up the ranks as a fan favorite. In last year’s poll, he was in the middle of the pack somewhere, but thanks to his ranger-like role in Jurassic World, Pratt jumped 57 places to the No. 11 spot.
Lawrence comes off at the top, closely followed by Robert Downey, Jr., and, Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street and The Great Gatsby. The top three spots remained the same from last year.
Consequently, Lawrence is the highest paid woman in Hollywood, and Robert Downey, Jr. the highest paid man. RDJ is actually the highest paid person in Hollywood, since he makes nearly $30 million more than Lawrence does.
Other notable members of the list include Amy Schumer, Ben Affleck, and Joaquin Phoenix. These three actors scored the highest in the “most critically respected” category, though they didn’t score very high on the full list.
Bradley Cooper took the No. 4 spot. Over the last 10 years (after the hit TV series Alias, starring Jennifer Garner, ended), Bradley Cooper has been a shining star. Most recently, he was revered for his roles in American Sniper, Aloha, and Silver Linings Playbook, in which he was co-stars with Jennifer Lawrence.
Right after Cooper comes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Though he was once a professional wrestler, Johnson has moved on to acting and has made a surprisingly successful career for himself. From doing children’s movies like The Game Plan to starring in thrillers including San Andreas and Fast and Furious 6-7, Mr. Johnson has earned one of the top acting spots in Hollywood.
The list comprises 100 stars. Here are the top 20.
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Bradley Cooper
- Dwayne Johnson
- Tom Cruise
- Hugh Jackman
- Sandra Bullock
- Channing Tatum
- Scarlett Johansson
- Chris Pratt
- Tom Hanks
- Matt Damon
- Matthew McConaughey
- George Clooney
- Brad Pitt
- Angelina Jolie
- Liam Neeson
- Ben Affleck
- Chris Hemsworth
The list of stars isn’t terribly diverse. There are only three women in the top 20, and all 20 people are white. Denzel Washington missed being in the top 20 by just two places.
The fact that J-Law has made it to the top of the list is great for the name of women in Hollywood, however. She is an active advocate for decreasing the gender pay gap. She even published an essay about how unfair it is that she gets paid significantly less in films than her male co-stars.
2015’s list of most valuable stars is out and awaiting controversial feedback.
[Photo by Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images]